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Sometimes all you need is a quick meal like a juicy burger. This mood tends to strike when you are miles away from any decent stops. Scavenging on late-night gas station offerings is not a sustainable way to live. Thankfully, there are plenty of places across the U.S. that are sanctuaries for fast food joints.

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Living in an area with plenty of fast food restaurants presents a double-edged sword. The good news is you could always have a Taco Bell 12 Pack to keep you company. The bad news is living near fast food and its sodium-laden charms correlates with greater food consumption and higher obesity rates in children. One study even concluded that “fast food can inhibit savoring, producing negative consequences for how we experience pleasurable events.”


The data scientists at FindTheHome, part of the Graphiq network, identified places that have the highest density of fast food restaurants in each state. Using company classification information from Dun & Bradstreet, we calculated the number of fast food restaurants per 10,000 people. We then identified the city within each state with the highest density of fast food restaurants. Only cities with a population threshold over the 95th percentile of the state were considered in our analysis.

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Alabama: Bessemer

Population: 27,202
Density of fast food restaurants: 7.72 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Alaska: Wasilla

Population: 8,406
Density of fast food restaurants: 9.52 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Arby’s

Arizona: Tempe

Population: 166,975
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.61 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: French Fry Heaven

Arkansas: Russellville

Population: 28,581
Density of fast food restaurants: 9.45 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Feltner’s Whatta-Burger

California: Costa Mesa

Population: 111,635
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.75 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: In-N-Out Burger

Colorado: Grand Junction

Population: 59,731
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.69 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: McAlister’s Deli

Connecticut: Norwalk

Population: 87,214
Density of fast food restaurants: 1.84 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Delaware: Dover

Population: 36,826
Density of fast food restaurants: 6.25 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Wayback Burgers

Florida: Boca Raton

Population: 88,187
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.65 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Chipotle

Georgia: Dalton

Population: 33,336
Density of fast food restaurants: 7.5 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Krystal

Hawaii: Hilo

Population: 44,549
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.27 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Cafe 100

Idaho: Rexburg

Population: 26,301
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.94 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Jimmy John’s

Illinois: Belleville

Population: 43,296
Density of fast food restaurants: 6.47 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Rally’s

Indiana: Marion

Population: 29,403
Density of fast food restaurants: 7.14 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Penguin Point

Iowa: Spencer

Population: 11,177
Density of fast food restaurants: 7.16 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Dairy Queen

Kansas: Arkansas City

Population: 12,316
Density of fast food restaurants: 7.31 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Long John Silver’s

Kentucky: Paducah

Population: 25,046
Density of fast food restaurants: 13.18 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Burger King

Louisiana: Slidell

Population: 27,372
Density of fast food restaurants: 10.23 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Raising Caine’s Chicken Fingers

Maine: Bangor

Population: 32,800
Density of fast food restaurants: 3.66 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Chipotle

Maryland: Hagerstown

Population: 40,295
Density of fast food restaurants: 5.21 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Burkett’s Deli

Massachusetts: Fall River

Population: 88,756
Density of fast food restaurants: 1.92 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits

Michigan: Southfield

Population: 72,480
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.83 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Lou’s Deli

Minnesota: Mankato

Population: 39,871
Density of fast food restaurants: 5.52 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Jersey Mike’s Subs

Mississippi: Ridgeland

Population: 24,209
Density of fast food restaurants: 9.5 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Whataburger

Missouri: Farmington

Population: 17,213
Density of fast food restaurants: 8.71 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: KFC

Montana: Lockwood

Population: 6,943
Density of fast food restaurants: 7.2 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Burger King

Nebraska: Lexington

Population: 10,189
Density of fast food restaurants: 8.83 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Taco John’s

Nevada: Paradise

Population: 223,182
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.71 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Izzy’s Burger Spa

New Hampshire: Rochester

Population: 29,883
Density of fast food restaurants: 2.68 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Wendy’s

New Jersey: Vineland

Population: 60,985
Density of fast food restaurants: 2.95 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Stewart’s Drive-In

New Mexico: Gallup

Population: 22,189
Density of fast food restaurants: 9.46 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Sonic Drive-In

New York: Watertown

Population: 27,590
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.35 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Sonic Drive-In

North Carolina: Statesville

Population: 25,132
Density of fast food restaurants: 9.15 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Taco Bell

North Dakota: Devils Lake

Population: 7,218
Density of fast food restaurants: 5.54 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: McDonald’s

Ohio: Zanesville

Population: 25,444
Density of fast food restaurants: 7.47 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Wendy’s

Oklahoma: Durant

Population: 16,507
Density of fast food restaurants: 10.9 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Jack in the Box

Oregon: Redmond

Population: 27,002
Density of fast food restaurants: 5.19 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Dairy Queen

Pennsylvania: Kingston

Population: 13,105
Density of fast food restaurants: 6.87 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Abe’s Hot Dogs

Rhode Island: Warwick

Population: 82,065
Density of fast food restaurants: 3.29 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Walt’s Roast Beef

South Carolina: Florence

Population: 37,512
Density of fast food restaurants: 9.06 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

South Dakota: Mitchell

Population: 15,490
Density of fast food restaurants: 5.81 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Quiznos

Tennessee: Kingsport

Population: 52,835
Density of fast food restaurants: 7.57 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Pal’s

Texas: Longview

Population: 82,030
Density of fast food restaurants: 6.22 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Utah: Sandy

Population: 89,521
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.58 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: The Philadelphian

Vermont: South Burlington

Population: 18,378
Density of fast food restaurants: 5.99 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Al’s French Frys

Virginia: Danville

Population: 42,704
Density of fast food restaurants: 7.49 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits

Washington: Lakewood

Population: 58,890
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.42 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Church’s Chicken

West Virginia: Beckley

Population: 17,529
Density of fast food restaurants: 10.84 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: DQ Grill & Chill

Wisconsin: Eau Claire

Population: 67,036
Density of fast food restaurants: 4.62 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Culver’s

Wyoming: Rock Springs

Population: 23,684
Density of fast food restaurants: 6.76 per 10,000 people
Notable restaurant: Burger King

Kelsey Warner, FindTheHome |
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